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11 Efficient Ways To Eliminate Distractions And Regain Focus

You live in a small town (let’s call it town A), in the suburbs of a big metropolitan city. On a sunny day, in the middle of the week, you need to take a drive to another town (town B).

The fastest and most efficient way to get to town B is by taking the highway. It will take you some time to get to it as you live in downtown A, but once you reach it, you’ll be in B in no time. Now imagine that for some reason, the highway is closed and you need to take inner roads.

At first it might seem faster because you don’t have to go “all the way” to the highway, you start making your way through to B as soon as you leave your house. But once you start going, you realize there are a lot of traffic lights and stop signs on the inner roads. You need to stop so many times, that the time of your trip gets doubled.

You start wishing you could’ve taken the highway.

What stop signs and traffic lights are to your trip, distractions are to your focus and productivity. Trying to work on a task while constantly getting interrupted from an endless amount of sources will dramatically increase the time it takes to finish that task.

Minor distractions might seem innocent at first, but studies have shown that it takes on average 21 minutes to regain your focus after being interrupted. Make no mistake, distractions are one of the biggest productivity killers.

Let’s get on the highway of productivity and examine the best, battle-tested, tactics for eliminating them. [Read more…]

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48 Fail-Proof Ways To Boost Your Energy And Mood Right Now

Low energy equals low productivity.

No productivity app or time management system can ever replace the need for high energy. If you are tired, lacking sleep (or good quality sleep) or in a bad state of mind, your productivity suffers.

The flip side is also true. If you are pumped up, both physically and mentally, things are going to flow, even if you don’t have the most advanced high performance tactics and gadgets.

High energy to productivity is like blood to the human body, the latter cannot function without the former.

Here are the best, battle-tested, tactics to boost your energy, that you start using right now: [Read more…]

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3 Things To Do Before You Send An Angry Email That You’ll Later Regret

You are seeing red.

Someone just said or did something so unimaginably bad (or at least that is how it seems to you) and you are overtaken by anger.

“I am so going to send him an email and give him a piece of my mind…. he’ll see…”

You sit on your computer (or take out your phone) and start pouring your feelings into an angry email. Once done, you hit the send button and, with a feeling of a temporary accomplishment, you sit back and relax in your chair. You are starting to feel better. At least for the moment.

This person has wronged you, they deserve what’s coming to them, right?

Wrong.

In about 10 minutes after you’ve blasted out that email, your anger starts fading away and doubts start creeping in your mind. Did you go a tad too far? Did you say some things that you wish you didn’t? Was it all so bad or did you overreact a little bit?

You start to realize that maybe you should’ve calmed down a little before you sent that email. Unfortunately, it is too late. The email is sent. The relationship is ruined.

In any relationship you are eventually going to experience some level of anger. It might be a mild irritation, it might be pure rage and anything in between. It is natural. Different people see things differently. Mix in some human emotions and occasionally characters clash leading to some level of anger from one, or both, sides. It happens at home, at work, with friends or even with pets.

The next time this happens to you, before you do something irreversible that you’ll end up regretting later, follow this process instead: [Read more…]

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What Barack Obama Can Teach You About Productivity

You think your schedule is busy?

Try comparing it with the one of the President of one of the biggest countries in the world – Barack Obama – and you might redefine the meaning of the word “busy”. When the responsibility for an entire nation in on your shoulders and millions of people watch your every move, you simply cannot afford unproductive days or unfinished tasks.

Here is how the President of the United States gets things done and the time management lessons that can be learned from him: [Read more…]

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13 Fail-Proof Tactics To Get A Faster Response To Your Emails

Do you hate waiting?

Me too.

Time is the most precious asset we have (and the most limited) and it should not be wasted on waiting. That is why we use email as a form of communication. It’s fast, easy and cheap. It should be at least. But we all know that is no longer the case. Easy and cheap, yes. Fast, not so much.

The average person receives 147 emails per day. Combine that with all the other things that are competing for their attention at the same moment and you start to see why email responsiveness has gone down dramatically.

What makes it even worse is that your own responsiveness is tied up with the one of the people you communicate with. Even if you are the most responsive person who replies to emails promptly, some things are out of your control. If you are waiting on a reply from a client so you can update your team (or vice versa), the wait is making you look unresponsive.

And while you cannot control how many emails your correspondents receive, there are proven tactics you can use with your own outbound emails to make sure you get the fastest replies possible. Better outbound emails, faster response time, less waiting. [Read more…]